Juan Soto Trade #2: Mariners send over a Rebuild and Restock for Nationals
Kyle Lewis and Matt Brash could both go to the Nationals as MLB-ready players. Change it to Trammell if you want, but I think it would be one of those two. Lewis is set to come back for the Mariners after the all-star break, and the Nationals could be willing to take him on and give him the remainder of the season to see what they can get from him. It’s a pretty wide range for him from floor to ceiling, but if he hits, it is a wonderful acquisition for them.
Matt Brash would likely be converted back to a starter, which would instantly increase his value. With the Nationals not expecting to compete anytime soon, they could let Brash get the experience at starter, develop in the bigs, and have the opportunity to form a nice punch alongside Josiah Gray, who they received in the Scherzer/Turner trade last year.
Marte stays on as the prospect centerpiece and is joined by three different prospects as compared to the original offer. Alberto Rodriguez is the other, other young Rodriguez outfielder for the Mariners, and only 20 years old.
He would be joined by an LHP and RHP, each with great upside. Macko has some nasty stuff and great build and delivery for a lefty. He’s also a strikeout machine who is still learning the game and has sat down 60 hitters in 39.1 IP, for a 14.1 K rate per 9. Dollard has been making waves at AA this year, with a 1.64 ERA and 0.947 WHIP, all at age 23. He keeps the ball in the yard (4 HR in 87.2 IP), and has good control as well with a 2.2 BB/9 rate.
If MLB talent is what they are looking for in DC, then Lewis/Trammell and Brash could be an offer that tickles the Nats interest. However, there is one other scenario that remains. What if the Nationals were looking to offload some salary in a Juan Soto trade?